TechEmerge Sustainable Cooling Hospitality India
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As part of its mission to tackle some of the world’s most critical development challenges, TechEmerge is accelerating the adoption of sustainable cooling technologies and business models in the hospitality sector.
In partnership with Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL), a leading hospitality group with a global footprint that includes the Taj brand, TechEmerge launched a program to bring affordable, efficient, climate-smart cooling innovations where they are needed most, while building commercial relationships in India and beyond.
The program has now expanded to include another top Indian hospitability company, Chalet Hotels Group, part of the K. Raheja Corporation.
Hospitality sector expected market size by 2025 from $7.5 bn in 2019
Of IHCL energy use goes to cooling, in line with hotels in similar climates
India has one of the world’s fastest-growing cooling markets. Its hospitality sector is also expected to expand from US$7.5 billion in 2019 to US$16.8 billion by 2025. This growth coupled with a warm climate offers significant opportunities to pilot and scale sustainable cooling solutions.
Of all building types, hotels have the highest average energy intensity, meaning they consume more energy per built area than office complexes, hospitals, homes, and other developments. In IHCL’s case, cooling represents almost 50 percent of its total energy use, in line with many hotels operating in similar climates.
IHCL and Chalet are particularly interested in energy-efficient space cooling solutions that ensure guest comfort while mitigating greenhouse gas emissions, as well as solutions for kitchens, laundries, and other back-of-house spaces.
TechEmerge Sustainable Cooling is piloting innovative, climate-smart, cost-effective technologies and business models, including homegrown Indian solutions, that meet the cooling needs of the hospitality sector.
These solutions have the potential to be scaled across IHCL’s global business and Chalet’s portfolio, along with other hospitality companies in India and the region more broadly.
Innovations will enable thermal comfort in built environments without compromising the functionality of public areas, guest rooms, banquet halls, kitchens, laundries, and other spaces, including but not limited to:
|IoT-enabled & AI/BI augmented systems leading to overall efficiency|
|Plant room high side equipment optimization|
|HVAC low side system optimization and indoor environmental quality solutions|
|Passive cooling solutions|
Competitively selected TechEmerge innovators pilot their innovations at a range of hotels in different climates, with the potential for successful solutions to be replicated at other properties.
TechEmerge is supported by a network of advisors with vast experience in growing sustainable cooling technology innovation across the world.
Prof. Radhey S. Agarwal
Technical Advisor to Ozone Cell India
Senior Investment Officer at IFC
Dr. Sukumar Devotta
Expert and technical advisor in sustainable cooling
Senior Hospitality & Tourism Industry Specialist at IFC
Co-founder & Associate at Effinart
Rajesh Kumar Miglani
Senior Climate Business Specialist at IFC
Gian C. Modgil
Senior Technical Consultant at IFC
Principal Investment Officer at IFC
Partner & CEO of Crowe Advisory India
President of Townsend Engineering
Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL) plays a leading role in India’s hospitality sector and has a global footprint that includes the high-profile Taj brand. It is South Asia’s largest hospitality company by market capitalization and has a portfolio of 196 hotels across four continents and twelve countries.
IHCL is building on its strong history of supporting sustainability, by partnering with TechEmerge to pilot and scale energy-efficient, climate-smart cooling innovations across its business.
Chalet Hotels Group is an owner, developer, and asset manager of hotels and serviced apartments in key metro cities of India such as Mumbai, Pune, Hyderabad, and Bengaluru, and has also developed commercial spaces in proximity to its hotels. Sustainability is entrenched in Chalet’s business philosophy and integrated into the plans, from the design initiation stage of projects and through their life-cycle.
Competitively selected from a field of more than 40 applicants from 11 countries, our innovators offer affordable, energy-efficient, climate-smart cooling solutions for the hospitality market and more.
Nine cooling pilots are underway at IHCL properties and seven more at Chalet hotels. These aim to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions without compromising the functionality and comfort of public areas, guest rooms, banquet halls, kitchens, laundries, and other spaces.
Chalet and Greffisol (Bangalore)
Indian innovator Greffisol and Chalet Hotels are piloting a cooling tower specifically designed for the Marriot Bangalore hotel
Chalet and Greffisol (Mumbai)
Indian innovator Greffisol is partnering with Chalet Hotels to pilot a cooling tower solution seeks to reduce energy use and greenhouse gas emissions by 15 percent and operating costs by 25 percent
Chalet and Elgressy
Israeli innovator Elgressy and Chalet Hotels are piloting EST—a chemical-free, automated plug-and-play electrochemical system that prevents scaling, corrosion, and algae in cooling towers.
Chalet and Zenatix
Indian innovator Zenatix is teaming up with Chalet Hotels to pilot ZenConnect—an automated IoT solution to improve temperature management and energy efficiency, while reducing greenhouse gases.
IHCL and Green Efficient Solutions
With Green Efficient Solutions, IHCL is piloting a low approach cooling tower at the Taj Jai Mahal Palace.
IHCL and IOTomation
IHCL and New Delhi-based innovator IoTomation Ecotech are field-testing an IoT platform for health, safety, and sustainable built environments, called Be – IoT.
IHCL and Dessicant Rotors International
Desiccant Rotors International (DRI) is field-testing an air filtration system at IHCL’s Taj Palace in New Delhi.
IHCL and Elgressy
IHCL is teaming up with Israeli innovator Elgressy Engineering Services to pilot an automated, plug-and-play electrochemical EST system.
IHCL and Zenatix
Zenatix is partnering IHCL to field-test an IoT-based energy and asset management solution called ZenConnect at two IHCL properties.